Cameroon faith leaders are calling on the government of President Paul Biya to accept the mediation of a third party to resolve the conflict in Cameroon. The Norwegian Refugee Council describes the violence there as the world’s most ignored crisis.
The faith leaders’ statement marks a turning point; previously, they have been less overt in urging action from the Yaounde regime. It is also significant that senior representatives of so many religious groups have come together for a two-day workshop on the crisis. Analysts say their meeting plays an essential role in giving voice to the concerns of the unarmed civilians who have been side lined by the rise of secessionist militia factions.